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Directed by Vijay Bhatt
Produced by Shankerbhai Bhatt
Written by R. S. Choudhury
Starring Vyjayanthimala
Pradeep Kumar
Music by Shankar Jaikishan
Cinematography Bipin Gajjar
Edited by Pratap Dave
Shri Prakash Pictures
Release date
Country India
Language Hindi

Patrani (Hindi: पटरानी; English: Chief Queen) is a 1956 Hindi Black-and-white Costume drama written by R. S. Choudhury and directed by Vijay Bhatt. The film starred Vyjayanthimala, Pradeep Kumar in the lead with Shashikala, Durga Khote, Om Prakash, Jeevan, David Abraham Cheulkar, Leela Mishra, Kanchanamala, Praveen Paul, Ramesh Sinha, Gadadhar Sharma, Maya, Krishnakant, Helen, Sheila Vaz forms an ensemble cast. The film was produced by Shankerbhai Bhatt. The film's score was composed by Shankar Jaikishan duo with lyrics provided by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.[1] Editing was done by Shivaji Awdhut and was filmed by K. H. Kapadia. The story revolves around the King Karma Dev and his attitude.


The story is about King Karma Dev who gives a lot of importance to physical beauty. His mother the Rajmata requests Mahamantri Munjal to find him a nice wife. Karma Dev often dreams of marrying an unknown beautiful woman he had once seen in the Somnath temple. Meanwhile, Mrinalla is the princess of Karnataka who also dreams of marrying a king she had once seen in the Somnath temple. When Munjal happens to see the beautiful woman Mrinalla, he shows the King's portrait to her and she is happy to finally find the man of her dreams. So she runs away from the palace and searches for Karma Dev to marry him. Soon after, Munjal shows Mrinalla's painting to Karma Dev, who agrees to marry her. On the day of the marriage, the King finds out she is dark and refuses to marry her. After several incidents Karma Dev realizes his mistake and at last he happily accepts Mrinalla as his Patrani.



The role of Namunjala was first offered to actress Shyama but she refused the role which later went to actress Shashikala.[2] From 4 a.m. to 8 a.m and then again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Shashikala practised her dance rehearsal with choreographer Hiralal in order to match actress Vyjayanthimala step for step in a dance competition that featured in the film.[2]


The film's soundtrack was composed by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss) Notes
1 "Saat Samundar Paar" Lata Mangeshkar Hasrat Jaipuri 3.36 Featuring actress Vyjayanthimala
2 "O Balam Tum Bedardi" Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra 3.43
3 "Chandrama Kyon Jhoome" Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra 6.04
4 "Dil Gaya Dard Raha Seene Mein" Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra 4.40
5 "Are Koi Jao Ri Piya Ko Bulao Ri" Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar Shailendra 3.57
6 "Raja Pyare Mat Karo Pyar Ka Mol" Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar Shailendra 2.87
7 "Na Jane Tum Kaun Meri Ankhon Men" Lata Mangeshkar Shailendra 4.15


  1. ^ Dr. Amjad Parvez (04-08-2011). "Shankar Jaikishen – Melodious composers with massive orchestra (Part 2)". Daily Times (Pakistan). Retrieved 2011-12-07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Shashikala of torment and triumph". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Patrani (1956)". Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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